Masonic tracing board restoration: protecting and preserving Freemason art

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Art is an important feature for many masonic lodges, whether this is an oil painting or unique item which can aid the continuation of masonic studies, advancement ceremonies and rituals throughout the world. Masonic tracing boards are one of the most significant pieces of a lodge’s historic collection, but like many art forms they can… Read more »

Flood damage at St. Peters Church: restoring ecclesiastical collections following a disaster

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St. Peters Church in Monmouth, Wales, faces a constant threat of flooding.The 12th century parish church is situated on the banks of the River Wye and has throughout it’s life suffered from constant and often severe disruption following adverse weather conditions prompting the river to overflow.  The Church Of England building is Grade II listed… Read more »

Restoring a remarkable portrait for St. Mary’s Church in Wreay, Cumbria

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St Mary’s Church in Wreay, Cumbria is a unique piece of ecclesiastical architecture which is locally, nationally and internationally renowned. Constructed in 1842, it was designed and funded by a local patron named Sarah Losh. The church is now protected by the Friends Of St Mary’s Church, who contacted our team about a beautiful portrait… Read more »

Mater Admirabilis restoration: caring for Catholic school art

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Religious institutions often have a long and detailed history which is reflected in the fascinating artwork, documents and items which have accumulated over time. A clear example of this is in religious education, in which the ambience of the school is reflective of the history and devotion which is practiced there.  Above: a detail from… Read more »

Conservation funding: achieving the restoration of culturally significant artworks

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Our team often has the chance to work on remarkable artworks, including those which are important to cultural heritage. When it comes to significant artwork which may be beneficial to the public, whether this is through their connection to an event, an important figure, or social history, conservation funding can be tapped into for restoration… Read more »

The history and restoration of Chinese panel art

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In early 2021, our paper conservator has been working on a pair of detailed Chinese panels. Their intriguing illustrations featured a busy scene of everyday life at a grand house and the countryside beyond. We have looked into the history of these wonderful pieces, as well as exploring the restoration process of these unique works… Read more »

Bringing bright skies back to a 19th century mural at Westonbirt School

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At the beginning of 2021, our team visited Westonbirt School in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. The restoration of a wonderfully detailed Victorian mural had been in their plans since 2018, but numerous delays (including COVID-19) had allowed the water damage to develop further. This article tells the story of how our team restored the beautiful ceiling, as… Read more »

Cartography conservation: restoring maps and historic geography

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The history of cartography is the history of human exploration, making sense of the world in pursuit of science and political boundaries. Geography also plays a part in artistic or personal endeavours, in the creation of satirical or creative map-making, or the recording of family history. Early cartography dates back to ancient civilisations. One of… Read more »

A New Hope: the restoration of beloved Star Wars poster

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For 25 years, Neville Ferris drove the length and breadth of the country, collecting something so unique that it gained him recognition in an ever-growing, dedicated community. This labour of love allowed him to meet and befriend legends amongst those who shared his passion, whilst creating a piece of impressive memorabilia which celebrated hundreds of… Read more »